Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Swaps, Giveaways and WIPs

Catching up on stuff..actually getting some bears sewn and the FMQ Challenge for September is ready to post.  First, I wanted to share the Doll Quilt Swap quilt I received from Judee in California.  She paid attention to my posts about liking sunflowers so she made me this.  

The center of the sunflower is embellished with beads.  She also sent me the cute little fall mug rug to the left of the quilt.  

I sent her a fall themed quilt of Minnesota's fall foliage and flying geese.

I won a giveaway from Sandi at A Legacy of Stitches a few weeks ago.  She had a subscription of Folk magazine to give away and I won the drawing.  The first issue came in the mail yesterday.

A glitzy magazine full of down-home articles, art, photos and recipes.  Check out their Facebook page at 

As for my WIPs, I joined a new Block of the Week group.  Yes, you read right..a block a week.  It's the Grandmother's Choice: Votes for Women group.  You can click on the button to the right or go here
to learn more.  The blocks are fun to do and referenced with BlockBase so templates can be easily adjusted to the size you wish to make.  The tutorials for the blocks are for a finished 8" block but, of course, I have to be different and make mine 6".  With BlockBase it's easy to do although a bit more challenging.  This week's block is the Sunflower block and the pieces get a bit small.

 I will be hand piecing this one.  I hope the blocks don't get any more challenging than this.

Okay, I think we're caught up for now.  I need to go outside and tackle the garden clean up.  We got a hard frost Saturday night so the tomato plants are done.  There are a lot of green tomatoes ready to ripen but the plants can go bye-bye.  We're having some gorgeous fall days in Minnesota but it's very dry.  No rain forcasted.  The box elder bugs are thick and those Asian beetles are swarming as well.  No pictures of those to share as they swarm around me as soon as I go out the door.  
Have a great day, everyone.




One Minnesota Quilter said...

Your BOM is great. I like how you fussy cut the off white print around the outside of the circle!

Cute paper pieced little quilt too!


Diane Wild said...

No-no. That block is not mine. That's from the Grandmother's Choice website. I put it up as an example of the Kansas Sunflower block. Sorry to burst your bubble.